Text: H.R.3034 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/22/2011)

1st Session
H. R. 3034

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a San Francisco Bay restoration grant program.

September 22, 2011

Ms. Speier (for herself, Ms. Eshoo, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Honda, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. McNerney, Mr. George Miller of California, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Stark, Mr. Thompson of California, Ms. Woolsey, and Ms. Zoe Lofgren of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a San Francisco Bay restoration grant program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “San Francisco Bay Restoration Act of 2011”.

SEC. 2. San Francisco Bay restoration grant program.

Title I of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 123. San Francisco Bay restoration grant program.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section:

“(1) ANNUAL PRIORITY LIST.—The term ‘annual priority list’ means the annual priority list compiled under subsection (b).

“(2) COMPREHENSIVE PLAN.—The term ‘comprehensive plan’ means—

“(A) the comprehensive conservation and management plan approved under section 320 for the San Francisco Bay estuary; and

“(B) any amendments to that plan.

“(3) ESTUARY PARTNERSHIP.—The term ‘Estuary Partnership’ means the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, the entity that is designated as the management conference under section 320.

“(b) Annual priority list.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—After providing public notice, the Administrator shall annually compile a priority list identifying and prioritizing the activities, projects, and studies intended to be funded with the amounts made available under subsection (c).

“(2) INCLUSIONS.—The annual priority list compiled under paragraph (1) shall include—

“(A) activities, projects, or studies that advance the goals and objectives of the approved comprehensive plan;

“(B) information on the activities, projects, or studies specified under subparagraph (A), including a description of—

“(i) the identities of the financial assistant recipients; and

“(ii) the communities to be served; and

“(C) the criteria and methods established by the Administrator for selection of activities, projects, and studies.

“(3) CONSULTATION.—In developing the priority list under paragraph (1), the Administrator shall consult with and consider the recommendations of—

“(A) the Estuary Partnership;

“(B) the State of California and affected local governments in the San Francisco Bay estuary watershed; and

“(C) any other relevant stakeholder involved with the protection and restoration of the San Francisco Bay estuary that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.

“(c) Grant program.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Pursuant to section 320, the Administrator may provide funding through cooperative agreements, grants, or other means to State and local agencies, special districts, and public or nonprofit agencies, institutions, and organizations, including the Estuary Partnership, for activities, studies, or projects identified on the annual priority list.


“(A) MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF GRANTS.—Funding provided to any individual or entity under this section for a fiscal year shall not exceed an amount equal to 75 percent of the total cost of eligible activities that are to be carried out using such funds.

“(B) NON-FEDERAL SHARE.—The non-Federal share of the total cost of any eligible activities that are carried out using funds provided under this section shall be—

“(i) not less than 25 percent; and

“(ii) provided from non-Federal sources.

“(d) Funding.—

“(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There is authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this section $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

“(2) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES.—Of the amount made available to carry out this section for a fiscal year, the Administrator shall use not more than 5 percent to pay administrative expenses incurred in carrying out this section.

“(3) RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FUNDING.—Nothing in this section shall limit the eligibility of the Estuary Partnership to receive funding under section 320(g).

“(4) PROHIBITION.—No funding made available under subsection (c) may be used for the administration of a management conference under section 320.”.